Friday update: 8th December 2017

8 December 2017

With the Society Council meeting coming up and lots of organisation for the January 2018 Review publication, it has been a week packed with behind the scenes activity and planning. Here is your weekly round-up of activity from the past seven days:

The Review

As you will be aware, there has been lots of communications surrounding advertising in the upcoming 100th edition of the Review. We’d ask that anyone who has booked an advert and hasn’t yet submitted the artwork to Denvir, does so promptly to allow for placement in the magazine, and would like to again thank all who have done so already. If anyone is having problems with submitting their advert, please get in touch with Denvir via michael.chan@denvirmarketing.com / robert@denvirmarketing.com.

Council

The Society will be holding their Council meeting at Pedigree House in Perth on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December. There’s a busy agenda with many topics for discussion, and we look forward to communicating the outcome of the meeting with members in due course to keep you updated with all goings on in your Society.

Dungannon Show and Sale

We brought you the full report and results from an excellent Dungannon Show and Sale that was held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on 5th December. Demand for bulls was steady on the day, with trade peaking at 4,600gns and auctioneer Trevor Wylie confirming that 18 bulls were traded in an 82% clearance to average £2,841 per head – an increase of £450 on this time last year.  The male champion on the day was Fiona Troughton's Tullybryan Black Brexit S906. Society president Alex Sanger was present in Dungannon for the event, and commented on how well supported the event was and the demand for the cattle on show. You can view the full report from Dungannon, including results from all show classes, at: http://www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk/news/show-news/aberdeen-angus-bulls-to-4600gns-at-dungannon/

East of England Winter Stock Festival

On 1st and 2nd December the East of England Winter Stock Festival took place and was judged by David Evans. There was a great show of cattle on display in what was a competitive couple of days. The Champion Pedigree Aberdeen-Angus was Mark Haistead’s heifer Meadowbrook Flossie T138 (born 14.01.17). The heifer was also named Overall Supreme Champion pedigree calf on the day. Judge David Evans commented on the event, saying: ‘’An extremely high-quality show of calves that was a pleasure to judge. The championship line up was something else. Congratulations and many thanks to all the exhibitors for making it such a great show.’’

Feed Efficiency Meeting at Ingliston, Forfar

A new feed efficiency unit at Ingliston, Eassie, Forfar was open for a visit on Monday. It was good to see members attending from the Aberdeen-Angus Society plus other breeds. It was a very informative day and generated great discussion. Aberdeen-Angus sired cattle are now being put through the unit. With so many demands being put on the breeder and finisher to monitor and cut costs wherever possible, it will be interesting to see the results of this going forward.

We look forward to bringing you more updates next week – have a great weekend, from all at the Society.